Ladies, we’ve all done it. You see something pretty in a store and suddenly you find yourself consumed by the need to purchase it, just because it is pretty. The mental chess game goes something like this:
Glitter/Flowers/Pink/Otherwise Visually Pleasing
Now don’t get offended or call me shallow – I’m not saying you followed through with the purchase. But if you try to tell me you’ve never seen a pair of sparkly heels and suddenly had a fantasy of yourself as Beyonce in the “Crazy in Love” music video, you are simply a liar.
So why am I talking about this on a music blog you ask?
I was doing a little research on headphones this morning, looking for a pair to bring with me on an upcoming trip. I already own a prized pair of noise-cancelling Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b‘s, which I use so often that I’ve worn through the ear pads. However I was looking for something a little less high-end, perhaps (dare I say it) trendy, as I absolutely despise ear buds and need something that will suffice in the meantime.
In my search, I stumbled across Skullcandy’s newest release, the “Knockout,” which is supposedly engineered specifically for women. My first reaction went something like this:
According to the brand, these headphones are designed specifically “to produce deeper, cleaner bass and very natural sounding vocals that us ladies prefer. It’s science. Isn’t science cool?”
First of all – don’t patronize me. Science is really fucking cool and I’m well aware. Second of all – where is this research? Why have you not led me to your white paper on the differences between how men and women process sound? And why do these headphones basically look identical to the “Navigator” model you have, if that model had been thrown up on by a unicorn who just ate all of the women’s clothes at Urban Outfitters?
I consider myself somewhat of an audiophile – I am my father’s daughter after all, who would have listened to a cereal commercial through JBLs. While the other kids were just figuring out those headphones that went around the back of your head, I had my first Sennheiser’s. So excusez-moi if I need a little bit more information about how you came to the conclusion that this is what I should be listening to, as a woman.
Full disclosure – I have not yet actually tried these headphones. They could be magical. I may never put on my A-T’s again (doubtful). But if Skullcandy thinks I’m going to shell out $100 just because their headphones are highly-Instagramable, they have another thing coming.
So Ladies – resist the urge to purchase these just because they are pretty, and look for a pair of headphones that actually fit your needs. Maybe you’re 13 and just need something to listen to One Direction with, and there are no headphones in the world that can make that better. Maybe you listen to only Skrillex and the dirtier the bass, the better. Do you need closed or open sound? On-ear or over-the-ear? Be an informed consumer and do your research.